Field Technician

Hiring Organization: MSU Forest Pathology
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: East Lansing, MI
Application Deadline: December 31, 2020

Field Technician

Position Description

The Sakalidis, McCullough and Cregg Labs at Michigan State University are seeking a Research Technician to assist with field work and related activities for a project on oak wilt management that is funded through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP). The technician will support a Research Associate and interact with the PI’s and forest health professionals. The field technician will assist with implementation and evaluation of tactics designed to mitigate impacts of oak wilt infection on surrounding oaks, the loss of healthy oak trees, and the cost of oak wilt treatments.

Knowledge and experience with power tools such as chain saws, air spades and with fungicides/pesticides and/or plant growth regulators is highly preferred. The position will entail overnight stays and extensive field work along with some laboratory work. The field technician would need to be able to start between April and June 2021 and work for approximately 9 months, with the possibility of another two additional 9-month appointments, based on satisfactory performance.

Job Requirements

A highly dedicated and qualified individual with a BSc in Plant Pathology, Entomology; Forestry or a closely related field is required. Experience with GPS, data collection and entry is required and familiarity with GIS and basic data analysis is preferred.

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team are essential. Applicants must be able to listen to direction and problem solve independently. The successful applicant must be comfortable in the field in managing machinery, equipment, taking measurements, cutting trees and applying chemicals. The selected candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the U.S. by the start date.

Job Materials

Please send a single PDF (saved as your surname_oakwilt_fieldtech_2020) that includes a cover letter with a summary of background, research interests and career goals, a curriculum vitae, contact information, and details of three references to Dr. Sakalidis. Only complete application packets will be considered for review. If you have any questions, contact:

Dr. Monique Sakalidis
Assistant Professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and Department of Forestry
Michigan State University
612 Wilson Rd. Rm 34, East Lansing, MI 48824
Office 517-432-0825